First off, Carriacou is a very special place and is unlike any other island I have been to in the Caribbean. Its charms ARE its lack of development and the untidy appearance that you occasionally come across. People here are friendly and genuine, and many of them earn their livelihood as seafarers...hence the 'rotting' boats. If you need casinos, all-inclusive resorts with wacky water sports and other mindless constant entertainment, do not go to Carriacou.
Now, however, if you are looking for a laid-back holiday in an extremely beautiful and peaceful setting, then do, by all means, visit Carriacou.
And if you are looking for a lovely cottage in a very quiet location, then give Bayaleau Point a try. The cottages are charming, functional and clean. The property is conducive to relaxation and there are beautiful views from the common area out onto Pt. Martinique and some of the Grenadines. Plus, it's tough to beat the price, especially considering the cottages are self-catering (although the food at the local take-away place in Windward is scrumptious and more than affordable). We stayed in Yellow, and while it has no view (other than the back of the blue cottage), it is cozy and is a good value.
Now, as lovely as the cottages are, Bayaleau is not perfect. Travelers need to be aware of the fact that Bayaleau is a bit removed from the main beaches and other attractions on Carriacou. We got by using a few taxis and lots of $1 buses, but if you plan on going to dinner in town frequently you will find yourself spending as much on taxis as you would a rental car.
Another item of note is the general state of disrepair that the common area has fallen into. The chairs are a hodgepodge of old, sun-beaten plastic chairs. This, along with the general lack of 'service' provided by the owner, Dave, makes the place feel as if it has seen better days. Indeed, it almost feels as if Dave has given up on this place and it is just running on its own inertia. He was rarely around and attempting to get information from him or his wife was not an easy task. The 10% service charge they tacked onto our bill certainly left me scratching my head.
Lastly, there is no beach here. The website claims there is a 'postage stamp beach', but it is not a beach and you will need to take a bus to get to the best beaches. While you can reach Shipwreck beach on foot in about 45 minutes, Anse la Roche was about a 90 minute hike (although it was a gorgeous walk).
Despite these downsides, I still give Bayaleau two thumbs up. Visitors just need to be aware of the good and the bad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A romantic hideaway for the uninitiated or an ideal getaway for couples with young children. Set on the panoramic eastern most point of Windward Bay, these elegantly simple cottages are the gateway to the emerald islands of the Grenadines. ... more less